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Fame and Fortune and other F words.

So I don't know if you heard, but apparently the Annoyed Librarian has sold out and has started writing for LJ.

I saw a post that derided her (or their) new found fame as if getting paid a little money for writing is a horrible thing. But now she has to really write stuff. She has to find a way to be annoyed about libraries once or twice a week in order to earn her keep; and this means she's probably going to have to make stuff up. I hope she can figure out how to do it and still "keep it real." (sorry.)

But because of this news, I feel I need to confess something to all of my readers, the.effing.librarian has been making money writing about libraries for many years now, for example:

Dear Penthouse letters,

You won't believe what happened to me in the LIBRARY the other day. I was browsing the stacks looking for a tune-up manual for my badass Kawasaki 650 when I was approached by a woman who was pretty stacked herself. She had huge double-D's, and when she noticed my gaze targeting her huge rack, she pressed past me in the narrow aisle and pushed those well-fed puppies against my tense chest. And you can bet that's not all that was getting tense.

She was somewhere in her thirties, a little on the plain side, but pretty, with her hair pinned up in the back and her lips colored the same bright red that was printed on the "no cell phones" sign in the front of the Circulation desk. Her skirt stretched against her firm backside as she bent down to retrieve my book. -- Read More

Liblog landscape: Opinions requested

Currently, Walt's working on the first part of The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008–the part where he looks at patterns among the blogs. He Says it's going well, and he's just about to start on the chapter that interests him the most. But he's wondering just what data points to include. Maybe an example would help?

Jimmy Wales Interview on Open Licenses

Ellyssa Kroski, who writes at iLibrarian, also teaches a class at San Jose State University on the Open Movement and Libraries (Fall of 2008). As part of the class shes has done interviews with such notable figures as Stephen Downes of the National Research Council in Canada, and Nicole Engard of LibLime. Her guest a couple weeks ago was Jimmy Wales. You can hear the full 10 minutes interview with Jimmy Wales here.

Drupal Developer’s Toolbox

Drupal Developer’s Toolbox: In this post you will find a thorough collection of all kinds of resources that will aid designers and developers working with Drupal-powered websites. This collection is intended to simplify your tasks and save you time when working with Drupal.

This post covers essential resources related to Drupal — the basics, modules, Drupal design inspiration, Drupal themes, tutorials, starter themes, blog editors and Drupal-projects.

Coming up in LISTen #38

BlogWorldExpo 2008 remains underway and has been a unique event. In many cases, the LISTen production team have been some of the only ones conducting stand-up interviews. Los Angeles-based TechZulu is also on the floor doing interviews.

Who isn't here? We've been looking for representatives from CNET and other tech news outlets. They're surprisingly missing. With the TWiT network suffering a fairly major server outage right now, their attention is focused on their own house rather than the happenings here.

Interviews we have conducted so far include:

  • Pajamas Media
  • Sodahead.com
  • MindTouch
  • PodBoxx TV
  • Woopra
  • CrowdScience

The event continues today as well as Sunday. The next episode of LISTen will have coverage from the event. Specials throughout the week might also arise, circumstances permitting.

My MLS will come in handy here, somehow. I know it.

I know, my absence of late has left a giant gaping hole in your hearts somewhere right below the left ventricle or something. It's hard to visualize on the ultrasound, because no one in the clinic knows really how to work one of these things...

We'll hold the medical stuff at the moment, at least, as it pertains to me, except to say that we've got a loose name of what has been keeping me from living a normal life for -- well, it's been at least 20 years, but it only got particularly nasty in the last eight, and horribly blood-curdling nasty in the last five. It's a sleep disorder, they can not cure it, and if the case proves to be beyond a moderate sort of manifestation, they really can't treat it terribly effectively. A lot of non-sleep/neurological doctors will tell you that they can... There's this new drug... Uh. No.

Long and the short is, the sleep-neuro-guy says that I function at about 20% capacity on a good day. It isn't going to get better than that at this point, or even in the mid-range future.

So I've come to terms with the fact I am not going back to work in a normal environment. I've come to terms that I will never be able to see a movie in a theater again. I'm trying to deal with the idea that if I can come home and mentally function (or at least not walk into solid objects) after a twenty minute trip to the grocery store, I am having a pretty damn good day.

I hate not doing stuff. You know that, right? -- Read More

Drupal as the Foundation of Ohio Textbook Portal

Disruptive Library Technology Jester: The textbook portal is based on the Drupal (version 6) content management system. In particular, the portal makes heavy use of the search module to execute and format search results. If you are familiar with Drupal, it is going to be different enough, however, that you’re going to want to read this to see why some decisions were made. If you are not familiar with Drupal, this document will give you a head start into understanding the Drupal way of the world.

The Man Booker Prize 2008 Shortlist

Olivia Liang of the Guardian/Observers wonders if some masterpieces were overlooked. As the status of the Booker becomes ever more lofty, so the pressure on the jury grows to select the definitive book of the year. Blogging about the decision-making process, judge Alex Clark observed that the realisation 'that we were engaged in choosing the winner of a prize that had been won by Naipaul, not to mention Iris Murdoch, JM Coetzee, William Golding and two of this year's longlisted authors (John Berger and Salman Rushdie), is enough to send one scurrying back to one's looming piles and ever-increasing notes'. The short list follows.

LISNews Is Going To BlogWorldExpo: Anything You'd Like To Hear About?

The LISNews Podcast (LISTen) team is gathering ideas and concepts to inquire about with BlogWorldExpo exhibitors. This PDF (Or the Website) has the exhibitors listed with brief descriptions of what they do as well as their websites. Full questions need not be posed, just areas to explore.

If there is anything you'd like to hear about in a future LISTen podcast, please let us know.

You have about a week to get your questions in, we would need to hear back from you and others via e-mail by late night on September 17th.

The 2008 BlogWorld & New Media Expo will take place September 20-21 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition to the only industry-wide exhibition, BlogWorld features the largest blogging conference in the world including more than 50 seminars, panel discussions and keynotes from iconic personalities on the leading-edge of online technology and internet-savvy business.

Stephen also wrote something in the matter.

What New Blogs Are You Reading? Let Walt Know

Walt's finishing up Phase 1 of The Liblog Landscape, 2007-2008: A Lateral View (possibly not the final title). Phase 1 has two parts: Identifying liblogs that should be part of the study/survey, and doing the blog-level metrics for those blogs.

Right now, the list consists of 587 blogs. You can see the list here (yes, it’s in alphabetical order, leaving out initial articles and symbols), or click on the last of the “Pages” in the right column (which gets you to the same list).

If you know of a blog or blogs that meet the criteria below and aren’t currently on the list, let Walt know–either by commenting here or by sending me email at waltcrawford, domain gmail.com.

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